Thursday, February 12, 2015

Engineering Marvels: Series Explores Mysteries of Ancient Buildings

Tanya Lewis,
Live Science

The Colosseum in Rome, one of the subjects of a new NOVA series, was home to bloody spectacles and wild animal fights.
Credit: Providence Pictures

How did the Romans release wild animals into their mighty Colosseum? How did the massive Hagia Sophia cathedral in Istanbul withstand centuries of earthquakes? And how did a desert people carve elaborate tombs in rocky cliffs in Jordan?
These are some of the questions that a new NOVA series on the mysteries of ancient buildings seeks to answer. The three-part series, called "Building Wonders of the World," premieres tonight (Feb. 11) at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT).
"We are contributing to the scholarly and scientific investigation of what the buildings meant to people, and how they actually built them," said series producer Gary Glassman, of Providence Pictures. [In Photos: Amazing Ruins of the Ancient World]

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